\ ˈlip How to pronounce lip (audio) \

Definition of lip

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : either of two fleshy folds that surround the mouth in humans and many other vertebrates and are organs of human speech essential to certain articulations also : the red or pinkish margin of the human lip
2 slang : back talk
3a : a fleshy edge or margin (as of a wound)
b : labium
d : a limb of a labiate corolla
4a : the edge of a hollow vessel or cavity
b : a projecting edge: such as
(1) : the beveled upper edge of the mouth of an organ flue pipe
(2) : the sharp cutting edge on the end of a tool (such as an auger)
(3) : a short spout (as on a pitcher)



Definition of lip (Entry 2 of 4)

1 : insincere lip praise
2 : produced with the participation of the lips : labial lip consonants


lipped; lipping

Definition of lip (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1 : to touch with the lips especially : kiss
2 : utter
3 : to lap against : lick
4 : to hit (a putt) so that the ball hits the edge of the cup but fails to drop in usually used with out

intransitive verb

: to hit the edge of the cup without dropping in used with out the putt lipped out
variants: or lipo-

Definition of lip- (Entry 4 of 4)

: fat : fatty tissue : fatty lipoid lipoprotein

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Other Words from lip


lipless \ ˈlip-​ləs How to pronounce lipless (audio) \ adjective
liplike \ ˈlip-​ˌlīk How to pronounce liplike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of lip in a Sentence


He had a cut on his lip. She was nervously biting her lip. the lips of a wound the lip of a crater the lip of a pitcher


part of the ritual of the awards ceremony is the nominee's lip praise for the performances of his or her competitors


the waves, reflecting the red glow of the sunset, gently lipped the prow
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Cooney's urgent plea barely crossed his lips when the reel on Orr's rod popped off and fell on the deck., "Monroe: Ocean fishing has vastly improved this summer," 6 July 2019 In December, Prada discontinued a line of bag charms and window displays featuring monkey-like characters with outsize red lips. David Ingram, NBC News, "Italian airline Alitalia apologizes for showing actor in blackface as Barack Obama," 4 July 2019 Last December, Prada stopped selling its Otto charm, a monkey-like figure with red lips. Kim Willis, USA TODAY, "Italian airline Alitalia 'deeply apologizes' for Obama video showing an actor in blackface," 4 July 2019 Onto the small stage strides a busty Mizrahi woman, her lips defined by serious black lipstick and hair concealed by a luminescent headscarf. Laura E. Adkins,, "20-year-old Israeli combat soldier is also a drag queen," 3 July 2019 Austrian's have been licking their lips at the idea of having two prodigious talents in the same team after never really fully asserting themselves in International or European tournaments., "Valentino Lazaro: 5 Things to Know About the New Inter Star," 2 July 2019 From her outfit to her hair, and even her full brows, the emcee dons white on white on white, with nude lips and a flawless face. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Cardi B May Be Starting A Beauty Trend With Her ‘Press’ Video," 27 June 2019 Gimlet fans will greet the refreshing Bago Club with open lips. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "Thamee lets diners feast on Burmese stories," 14 June 2019 For that film, Malek was allowed to wear replicas of the Queen frontman's iconic teeth — but mostly lip-synced for the role. Samantha Sasso,, "Even Taron Egerton's Teeth Got A Makeover For Rocketman," 4 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

While Kylie recently made headlines for reaching billionaire status partly thanks to those lip kits in your makeup bag, Travis has been busy making dollars of his own. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Travis Scott's Net Worth Is Absolutely Insane," 3 May 2019 The Kiss and Tell lip crayon set offers five different shades — including a caramel nude, poppy pink, and a subtle mauve — in the It's Balm formulation. Tanisha Pina, Allure, "Exclusive: Your First Look at the Gorgeous Julep 2018 Holiday Collection," 18 Sep. 2018 Just to put that in perspective, most Kylie Cosmetics lip kits are priced at $30, which translates to roughly 1,518 sold every two hours to bring in that kind of cash. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Kylie Jenner Makes More Money in Two Hours Than Most Americans Do in a Year," 8 Aug. 2018 Customers can currently purchase an array of beauty products aside from lip kits, which are now available in a variety of shades. Zoe Szathmary, Fox News, "Kylie Jenner's career highlights, from makeup mogul to Forbes cover girl," 19 July 2018 There's no word on what the complete collection will include, yet, but the video does seem to point to lip products and a set of possible eyeshadow. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Patrick Starrr Announced His Destination Diva MAC Cosmetics Collection," 22 Aug. 2018 The collection consists of four lipsticks ($18.50), two lip pencils ($18), four lip glosses ($17.50), an eye palette ($32) and a bronzing powder ($28), all of which are inspired by Aaliyah’s music videos and most popular looks. Alexa Tietjen | Wwd,, "How Instagram willed a MAC X Aaliyah collaboration to fruition," 19 June 2018 To stop lip color from migrating into lines, pretreat the area around the mouth with concealer: Using your fingertip, lightly dot on one that contains reflective particles. Abbie Kozolchyk, Good Housekeeping, "Best Tips and Tools to Whiten Your Smile," 7 Jan. 2011 Not using a lip brush turned out to be my problem with the Fenty Beauty lip paint. Marisa Meltzer, The Seattle Times, "How to do a makeup look in 5 minutes, tops," 7 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

With everything from sky high lash extensions to nail and lip lacquers, there’s not only a variety of ways to show off your pride this month (and year-round), but these beauty products give back. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "10 Beauty Products That Celebrate Pride Month And Give Back," 11 June 2019 Fifty women shuffle in their seats, digging into their handbags for mascara and lip gloss and combs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column One: For lonely men in Spanish towns, the ‘caravan of women’ brings hope of love," 14 May 2019 Investigators are being tight-lipped about the case, saying holding back basic details may help solve it. Fox News, "Reward for missing University of Iowa student hits $260,000," 6 Aug. 2018 The drop includes six shades each of highlighter ($10), jelly shadows ($8), lipstick bullets ($8), and lip gloss ($7), plus two glitter pastes ($10), plus a 15-pan eye shadow palette ($22). Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "ColourPop's New Disney Villains Makeup Collection Is the Badass Collab You've Been Waiting For," 20 Mar. 2019 There were guys who lip synced to the Pokémon song. Eric Johnson, Recode, "‘Eighth Grade’ director Bo Burnham is happy that a lot of people ‘have no idea who I am’," 30 July 2018 All will lip sync for their lives in a bracket-style battle before RuPaul crowns a winner. Dave Quinn,, "RuPaul's Drag Race Season 1 Queens Join Season 10 Cast for Epic Finale Lip Sync," 28 June 2018 Because of technical limitations on floats, performers at the Thanksgiving Day Parade commonly lip-sync during the live telecast. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "Kelly Clarkson's Performance at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Has Everyone Talking," 26 Nov. 2018 Both sides in the special counsel’s case against former national security adviser Michael Flynn are staying tight-lipped after a judge demanded information about why Flynn’s sentencing is once again being delayed. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Mueller, Flynn give vague response when judge demands answers on sentencing delays," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of lip


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1558, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1589, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for lip


Middle English, from Old English lippa; akin to Old High German leffur lip and probably to Latin labium, labrum lip

Combining form

New Latin, from Greek, from lipos — more at leave

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English Language Learners Definition of lip

: either one of the two soft parts that surround the mouth
: the edge of a cut or hole
: the edge of a container especially where it is slightly spread out


\ ˈlip How to pronounce lip (audio) \

Kids Definition of lip

1 : either of the two folds of flesh that surround the mouth
2 : the edge of a hollow container (as a jar) especially where it is slightly spread out
3 : an edge (as of a wound) like or of flesh
4 : an edge that sticks out the lip of a roof

Other Words from lip

lipped \ ˈlipt \ adjective


\ ˈlip How to pronounce lip (audio) \

Medical Definition of lip

1 : either of the two fleshy folds which surround the opening of the mouth in humans and many other vertebrates and in humans are organs of speech essential to certain articulations also : the pinkish or reddish margin of a human lip composed of nonglandular mucous membrane and usually exposed when the mouth takes on its natural set
2 : an edge of a wound
3 : either of a pair of fleshy folds surrounding an orifice
4 : an anatomical part or structure (as a labium) resembling a lip

Other Words from lip

liplike \ ˈlip-​ˌlīk How to pronounce liplike (audio) \ adjective

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